Namibia Country Profile
CDC established its office in Namibia in 2002 and continues to support the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services to develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive package of HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs. Significant portions of CDC’s work with the Ministry focus on building workforce capacity to ensure an adequate cadre of skilled public health professionals and on strengthening laboratory systems in order to scale up and improve HIV and tuberculosis diagnostics as well as timely viral load testing. CDC also provides technical assistance to strengthen surveillance and health information systems to collect and analyze data for improved program decision-making. CDC is also working with the Ministry to scale up national antiretroviral treatment programs and improve HIV prevention efforts targeting girls and young women, voluntary medical male circumcision for men, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission for pregnant women.
For fifteen years, CDC has played a critical role in PEPFAR’s efforts to save millions of lives and transform the global HIV/AIDS response
A new CDC-authored commentary in the August 12 edition of The Lancet highlights an effective training approach that dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas. Using aspects of telemedicine and video conferencing, this collaborative model, called Project ECHO, offers long-distance training on medical education and care management that is patient-centered to clinicians across geographic borders.
Despite being preventable and treatable, tuberculosis (TB) is now the leading infectious disease killer in the world, taking the lives of 1.6 million people each year.
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